October 31, 2005

Cicero Articles

Two recent articles concerning the relationship between Iran and al Qaeda, printed in the new German magazine Cicero, got the attention of the German government. Authorities raided the magazine's offices to try to determine the source of the classified documents quoted by author Bruno Schirra .

Dan Darling, writing at The Fourth Rail, presents these articles in what he believes is their first appearance in the English media. They highlight the high degree of support and coordination between the (Shiite) Iranian regime and the (Sunni) al Qaeda network (just one more thing that the CIA was wrong about), and feature the terror career of Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, referred to by the author as "The World's Most Dangerous Man".

In the excerpts from the second Cicero piece, the author comments on the rise to power of the man who may have recently taken that dubious honor from al-Zarqawi: the new President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad:

...from Iran itself come completely open and very warlike tones. They tell of the return of Iranian state terrorism in and the eighties and nineties of the last century. In just one year during a series of hostage takings and murders of western foreigners in Lebanon more than sixty people fell victim. As both the US Marine barracks and those of the French peacekeeping forces were blown into air, hundreds of people died. The culprit: the Lebanese Hezbollah. The planners and backers originate from the leadership circles of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards...

...Western security agencies now fear a repetition of this episode of global terror. In view of a large newspaper advertisement, which appeared in August in the newspaper Partow-e Sokhan, a realistic prospect—especially should the controversy between Iran and the West over the Iranian nuclear weapon program escalate further. The ad text itself reads as follows: "martyr attacks are the highest virtue and the highest courage." The "command of the voluntary martyrs" stands responsible for the text. Behind them the Ansar Hezbollah, the most radical Islamic death squad of the Islamic republic. Moham Madresa Jafari, the commander in chief of the "command of the voluntary martyrs", threatens the global use of suicide attackers. 50,000 fighters have already been already recruited. In the USA and other NATO countries suicide attackers keep themselves operational at all times...

...Behind the Ansar Hezbollah and the potential suicide assassins stands a man: the owner of the newspaper Partow-e Sokhan. Ayatollah Mesbah Yasdi, the most radical hard liner of the Islamic republic and the man who organized from the background the triumphant selection battle of Mahmud Ahmadinedschad. Mesbah Yasdi’s political deftness led Ahmadinedschad to the presidency. Ayatollah Yasdi, proponent of global suicide assassination attempts, praises Achnmadinejad’s administration as "the first Islamic administration in the history of the Islamic republic".

A credible threat of force, which could become real for western safety experts in the near future. Because Ahmadinedschad openly threatens the West in the nuclear controversy with the next stage of escalation. Specifically, the resumption of all enrichment activities.

Read Dan Darling at his blog Regnum Crucis and also at Winds of Change.

Peter Brookes has a related piece at RCP, as does Michael Ledeen at NRO.

Posted by dan at October 31, 2005 1:15 AM